An investigation into three major European exotic-animal markets – including the International Herpetological Society show in the UK – has found evidence of uninformed vendors and veterinary authorities, a serious potential to spread disease to human visitors and insufficient care given to endangered species. The report, which also investigated animal markets in Germany and Spain, was commissioned by PETA Germany and the Animal Protection Association and conducted by an international team of reptile experts consisting of Phillip C Arena, Catrina Steedman and Clifford Warwick.
The experts noted that many vendors and … Read more.
Costumed “pigs” in orange jumpsuits – shackled and covered with black hoods – stood beneath a banner that reads, “Don’t Make Foston a Guantanamo Bay for Pigs”. They lead PETA members in a protest against Midland Pig Producers’ (MPP) plan to build a US-style factory farm in Foston. If approved, this industrial nightmare would imprison up to 25,000 pigs at a time, who would never see sunlight or breathe fresh air until they were loaded into lorries for transport to an abattoir at a rate of 1,000 animals a week.
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Many of us will have seen stories in the media about the Schmallenberg virus, the latest disease to hit animals already suffering in severely crowded and filthy conditions. The virus causes birth defects and miscarriages in sheep, goats and cattle, and it effects milk yields in cows and causes them to have diarrhoea. It is believed to have started in Germany, but cases have now been confirmed at 74 farms in the UK.
In addition to being forced to endure unnatural conditions, farmed animals … Read more.
This week, three of our brilliant activists hit Cardiff city centre in biohazard suits. Holding signs reading, “Meat Is a Biohazard. Go Vegan”, they were there to let people know about the link between today’s factory farming methods and the increase in diseases spreading to humans. A recent study published in the Guardian listed Cardiff as having one of the worst outbreaks of swine flu in the country.
Cramming animals by the thousands into filthy sheds and forcing them to live surrounded by their own faeces creates a perfect breeding ground for … Read more.
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The swine-flu epidemic has already taken the lives of at least 39 people in the UK and infected so many others that half of the UK’s intensive-care beds are currently occupied by victims of the virus. One of the most likely sources for this – and other life-threatening animal-borne diseases which crop up time and time again – is factory farms.
Cramming animals by the hundreds or thousands into gigantic, windowless sheds is a recipe for spreading virulent diseases, such as bird flu, mad cow disease and, yes, … Read more.